Alliance says annexation could endanger Edwards Aquifer

City to vote on far north side annexation

SAN ANTONIO -- City council is just hours away from voting on whether or not to annex two areas north of San Antonio.

One of the areas is just west of I-10, north of 1604 extending up to the Kendall County line. The other area is north of 1604, along 281. Both areas are experiencing tremendous growth.

However, the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance is saying not so fast.

“[San Antonians] should be incredibly concerned,” said Annalisa Peace, the executive director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer.

Peace says that the city is potentially annexing two areas that sit above the recharge zone.

A 1995 ordinance limits the amount of development outside the city limits and above the recharge zone. The alliance says that if the two areas are annexed, development above the recharge zone could dramatically increase, which could be detrimental to the aquifer.

“I think you will be looking at increasing trends of contamination of the Edwards' water,” Peace said.

The alliance would ultimately like to avoid annexation above the recharge zone but, at the very least, postpone a vote until new regulations can be formed to protect the aquifer.

“Sewage, oil and gasoline from the streets, pesticides that people spray in their yards, anything that’s in that storm water goes directly into the aquifer and it goes into our drinking water supply,” Peace noted.

The city would benefit from annexation through taxes and it also addresses the tremendous amount of growth the city is seeing. The city council meeting is Thursday at 9 a.m.

(© 2016 KENS)


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